Dear Parents: Sept.2004

Another school year is already here. The students are now in their final year at CAMS. As grade nine students, I expect them to be mature and responsible. I am looking forward to continuing the good rapport that we have established and also to improving Math and Science skills in the French Immersion Program. I hope that the students show enthusiasm in the classroom, extracurricular, or other class activities.

I am looking forward to helping the students make the transition from junior to senior high. The evaluation scheme for math is as follows for the first term. (It may vary from term to term depending on where the emphasis is placed.)

Tests 35%

Homework 15%

*Problem Of the Week 15%

Quizzes 35%

*Each Monday the students are given a challenging mathematical or logic problem. They may discuss the problem together but their final answer must be their own. On Friday the students are to hand-in their POW.

Extra help time will be in the mornings or noon hour but the student should make an appointment one day in advance in order to plan a suitable time. The students are reminded of the need to constantly be speaking in French during class time.

We will be using the textbooks Actimath 9 , Mathématiques en Direct 9 ,and Starting Points 9 as well as other supplementary texts . We will also be using the computer software Understanding Math in order to master certain math skills. We will try to reinforce mental math strategies already studied as well as learn new ones. Our outcome goals for this year are as follows

1. Number Sense

- solve problems involving square roots

- graph and write the solution set for equations and inequalities involving integers

-demonstrate an understanding of rational and irrational numbers

-compare and order real numbers

-represent problem situations using matrices

2. Operation Sense

- model, solve and create real life mathematical problems

- add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers (and order of operations)

- understand and apply the exponent laws

- model, solve and create problems using scientific notation

-determine the reasonableness of results in problem solving situations

- model, solve and create problems using matrices

- add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomial expressions

- factor algebraic expressions

3. Patterns

- represent patterns and relationships in a variety of formats and use these representations to predict and justify unknown values.

- interpret graphs that represent linear and non-linear data

- construct and analyse tables and graphs to describe how changes in one quantity affect a related quantity

- determine the equations of lines using slope and intercept methods ( y= mx+b)

-solve equations with one variable and two variables

4. Measurement

- solve indirect measurement problems by connecting rates and slopes

- solve measurement problems involving conversions among SI units

- relate the volumes and surface areas of prisms and cylinders

- apply proportions within similar triangles

5. Geometry

- investigate, and demonstrate an understanding of the minimum sufficient conditions to produce unique triangles.

- make deductions using congruent triangles and angle properties

- apply the properties of similar triangles

- determine reflections, rotations, translations and enlargement of geometric figures.(a review)

6. Data management

-describe characteristics of relationships shown in scatterplots

- sketch lines of best fit and determine their equations

-sketch curves of best fit for relationships that appear to be non-linear

-select, defend and use the most appropriate methods of displaying data

- make inferences and predictions based on data analysis

- demonstrate an understanding of the role of data management in society

7. Probability ( a brief review of last year)

-identify situations for which the probability would be near 0, 1/4, 1/ 2 , 3/4 and 1.

-solve probability problems using simulations and experiments.

-identify all possible outcomes of two independent events.

- compare experimental results with theoretical results.

- use fractions, decimals and percents as numerical expressions to describe probability

The evaluation scheme for Science will be distributed more or less as follows:

Test 30%

Homework 10%

Assignments 15%

Labs 20%

Quizzes 25%

In science, we will be using the text Science Plus 3 and OmniSciences9 as well as other reference texts. In addition the students will have the opportunity to use the internet as a research tool and will benefit from computer programs such as science encyclopaedias and the like.

The units to be studied are as follows:

The Cell

- a review of the role of the cell

-the difference between plant and animal cells

-the parts of the cell

-mitosis and meiosis

-sexual and asexual reproduction

- photosynthesis and respiration

-DNA

- biotechnology and its role in our present society

-introduction to the science of stem cell and its implications for our society

Atoms and Elements

- the nature of matter

- elements and compounds

-poster project on an element

- the early atomic theories to the present

- chemical compounds and their electron configuration

- the periodic table

- chemical and physical changes

- an introduction to the Canadian Nuclear Program (CANDU)

Electricity

-review of static electricity

-charges and resistance

- electricity and the environment

- circuits

-electricity in the home

- mathematical equations for current, voltage, resistance, etc.

Astronomy

- the celestial movie

-early theories of our solar system

-the planets

- our solar system viewed by the naked eye

- the life cycle of stars

-the formation of the universe

- space exploration

- astronomy and technology

I look forward to this school year and I invite you to contact me at any time if you have any questions, comments or concerns.   Also, please check out my website for homework, problems of the week, etc at http://ssdsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/george11.